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Embattled Boko Haram leader Shekau resurfaces in video

Kano - The embattled leader of jihadist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, resurfaced in a video posted online Sunday, rejecting assertions by the Nigerian army that he had been seriously wounded.

Boko Haram leaves Nigeria a lifetime of mental trauma

Maiduguri - The soldier clutched his book with both hands. He shouted his name, rank and Nigerian Army number to no-one in particular. He stood up straight and ended every reply with a bark of "sah" (sir).

Nigeria's Buhari appeals to world for aid

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari appealed Friday for the international community to help relieve the growing humanitarian disaster triggered by the Boko Haram insurgency in a plea for aid at the UN General Assembly.

Starving to death: Boko Haram's food crisis in Nigeria

Maiduguri - Doctors crowded around Abdullahi. One squeezed a drip and another prepared a plastic syringe. The young boy didn't move. Only the shallow rise and fall of his chest indicated he was still alive.

From attempting suicide in Nigeria to Miss Transsexual final

Barcelona - Miss SaHHara was born in the wrong country, and in the wrong body.

14 killed in Boko Haram attacks in NE Nigeria

Abuja - Two suspected Boko Haram attacks in northeast Nigeria have left up to 14 people dead and three soldiers wounded, the army and local residents said on Monday.

Buhari under fire over Obama speech plagiarism

Lagos - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from critics after admitting part of his recent "Change Begins With Me" speech was copied from US President Barack Obama's 2008 victory speech.

Nigeria admits failed Chibok girls swap deals

Abuja - Nigeria opened negotiations with Boko Haram over the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls last year, but the talks were derailed due to a split in the extremist group, a minister said Friday.

Boko Haram releases new video without embattled leader

Kano - The jihadist group Boko Haram has released a new video without its embattled leader Abubakar Shekau, lending weight to claims by the Nigerian army he had been gravely wounded in an air strike.

Boko Haram blamed after road attack in NE Nigeria

Kano - Boko Haram was on Sunday blamed for an attack on motorists in northeast Nigeria which left one person dead and underlined the Islamist group's continuing security threat to civilians.

Nigerian reporter freed after Boko Haram questioning: BBC

Lagos - A Nigerian journalist declared wanted by the authorities for alleged links to Boko Haram has been released from custody, the BBC reported him as saying on Wednesday.

Nigeria's Buhari says Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Abuja - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is "wounded", in his first comments on military claims that the jihadi leader was injured in an attack.

Women, children 'tainted' by Boko Haram become Nigeria outcasts

Maiduguri - Starving and alone, five-year-old Umar was left for dead in a camp for internally displaced people in northeast Nigeria.The reason? He is the son of a Boko Haram fighter.It took a Boko Haram widow to rescue Umar.

Kerry warns against crackdowns as Nigeria claims Boko Haram leader 'wounded'

Sokoto - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday praised Nigeria for its recent gains against Boko Haram Islamists but did not confirm military claims that the group's leader Abubakar Shekau has been wounded.

Boko Haram's Shekau 'wounded' in air strike

Lagos - Nigeria's military claimed Tuesday to have seriously injured Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau and killed other commanders in an air strike on the Islamist group's forest stronghold.

Nigeria oil rebels announce conditional ceasefire

Warri - A Nigerian rebel group has announced a conditional ceasefire and agreed to hold talks with the government following months of attacks on key oil and gas facilities that have hammered the economy.

Food aid demand in NE Nigeria could double in a month, says UN

Geneva - The number of people in northeast Nigeria who need food aid could nearly double within a month, as the Boko Haram insurgency and economic pressures intensify suffering, the UN said Friday.

Kerry to travel to Africa, the Gulf on counterterrorism tour

Washington - US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel next week to Kenya, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia on a three-nation tour focused on counterterrorism, the State Department said.

Chibok girls: 'bargaining chip' of Boko Haram insurgency

Lagos - Boko Haram's list of victims -- dead, displaced or abducted -- grows longer by the day. The jihadist group has claimed more than 20,000 deaths, displaced 2.

Nigerian journalist wanted over Chibok girls

Lagos - Nigeria's army said Monday it wants to question three suspects, including a journalist, for allegedly concealing information on the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls.

New Boko Haram video 'shows Chibok girls'

Kano - Boko Haram on Sunday released a new video showing at least one of the Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok more than two years ago, and called for its detained fighters to be freed.

Nigeria wrestles with 'suddenly poor' status

Lagos - First it was falling oil prices that plagued Nigeria, then came inflation, power shortages, and a humanitarian crisis in the north."Suddenly, we're a poor country," Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Boko Haram's Shekau vows to fight on in new video

Kano - Boko Haram's shadowy leader Abubakar Shekau has appeared in a new video vowing to fight on, shrugging off an apparent split in the hardline jihadist group blamed for thousands of deaths since 2009. "I...

Nigerian army says 11 troops killed in clashes with bandits

Lagos - Eleven Nigerian troops have been killed in clashes with gunrunners and bandits in the violence-wracked north central region, the army said Saturday.

Audio from Boko Haram's elusive chief fuels talk of split

Kano - Boko Haram's elusive leader Abubakar Shekau broke his silence Thursday to insist he was "still around" following reports Islamic State had replaced him, but his message fuelled talk of a split within the jihadist group.

5 Islamists killed as Nigeria army foils Boko Haram attack

Lagos - Five Islamists were killed as Nigerian troops thwarted a Boko Haram attack near the northeastern city of Maiduguri, the epicentre of the seven-year insurgency, the army said on Tuesday.

UNICEF resumes aid to NE Nigeria after convoy attack

Lagos - UNICEF will continue to provide assistance to millions of conflict-affected children in northeast Nigeria, despite an attack on its convoy by Boko Haram Islamists, the UN children's agency has said.

UN humanitarian convoy in Nigeria ambushed by Boko Haram

Lagos - A United Nations humanitarian convoy was ambushed by Boko Haram jihadists Thursday in Nigeria's restive northeast, leaving several people wounded, the UN children's agency and the Nigerian army said.

Thousands of children detained in security clampdowns: HRW

New York - Thousands of children have been detained and many tortured during security operations carried out in response to threats from extremists such as the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

No hawking. No trading. Lagos bans street selling

Lagos - Every morning, Mama Biliki prepares small bags of popcorn outside her ramshackle house in Ajegunle, one of Lagos' poorest neighbourhoods, to sell by the roadside for 50 naira each.
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Nigeria is now monitoring 198 people and has 10 confirmed Ebola virus cases.
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A map of of Nigeria with the states comprising the Niger Delta highlighted
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Digital Journalist Samuel Okocha on his computer
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A cybercafe in Ibadan.
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Gospel Faith Ministries International (GOFAMINT), is an indigenous Nigerian church
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The roofless uncompleted building beside it is the "mission house." It is already occupied.
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Another traffic situation seen at night in Lagos. Commercial motercyclists along with their passengers trying to pull through
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Couple resplendent in native designs
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A canteen in Lagos. The sudden increase in meal prices has forced some customers to turn back.
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Kuramo beach
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Bountiful harvest of gifts for the celebrant.
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The items on display are salt, pepper, local spices, melon seeds, toilet soap and detergents
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Protesters Lagos registering their displeasure over the increase in the pump price of petrol after government effected its subsidy withdrawal policy on fuel
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Child defecating in a canal in the slum of Gege in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria
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Women are economically active in the night life of Lagos as seen in this photo of a woman selling roasted yam at night.
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A panoramic view of event hall
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Shoppers at the Palms Mall, Lagos. Nigeria has a fast growing middle class in major urban centers
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First Lady Michelle Obama, wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, holds up a sign Wednesday bearing the Twitter hashtag "#bringbackourgirls" in support of the victims of last week's kidnapping at a girls school in Chibok, Nigeria.
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